Officials for Jeppesen report that the company has identified and corrected many of the irregularities in its NavData boundary data, but at press time about 350 of the more than 20,000 boundaries included in the latest update of the database, effective March 20, had not yet been fixed. The error arose from problems with a software upgrade when data was pulled from a database containing airspace boundaries worldwide for the March update.
Jeppesen named a successor to retiring president and CEO Horst Bergmann and added five business units to focus more clearly on customer market niches. Mark Van Tine was tapped to be president and COO, effective January 1. Bergmann will leave the company May 1. Van Tine is currently executive v-p. Bergmann’s retirement marks the end of more than 40 years of service with Jeppesen.
Schweizer Aircraft and Jeppesen have updated the training manuals and materials for the Schweizer 300C and 300CBi. Jeppesen first developed manuals for the type in 1980 when it collaborated on the private/commercial helicopter manual with Hughes, the original owner of the Model 300’s type certificate. A decade ago Schweizer and Jeppesen decided jointly to update the original Hughes curriculum.
Norwell, Mass.-based Sentient Jet named Steven Hankin as CEO. He joined the company from Starwood Hotel and Resorts Worldwide, where he was chief marketing officer and president of its Starwood Technology and Revenue Systems unit. Hankin replaced Mark Stone, who served as CEO for two years.
Since reopening its FBO at Sydney International Airport, Australia, early last year, Hawker Pacific Flight Centre’s business has expanded significantly. The company credits its strong relationships with flight-planning organizations Jeppesen, Air Routing and Base Ops for fueling its growth. Hawker Pacific completed a half-million-dollar refurbishment of the passenger terminal in April that includes:
An integrated class-3 electronic flight bag developed by Boeing for airliners will now be offered for retrofit in the Boeing Business Jet and BBJ2.
Showing off the company’s latest electronic database delivery capability, Jeppesen last month marked a noteworthy milestone by sending an entire worldwide JeppView chart update to an aircraft using an onboard wireless Internet connection.
Alan Klapmeier, chairman and CEO of Cirrus Design, has been named chairman of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) for next year. Jeppesen president and CEO president Mark Van Tine has been named vice chairman. He will continue to serve as chairman of the association’s international affairs committee.
Jeppesen introduced the follow-on version to its CD-ROM FliteCrew DLS training program for pilots. Consisting of eight computer-based modules, the software includes individual sections covering weather, aircraft performance, airport operations, regulations (Part 91 and 135), AIM procedures, human factors, charts and navigation and recurrent medical training, the latter developed with partner MedAire.
The National Geospacial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) last month discontinued public access to Flight Information Publication (Flip) charts for the Caribbean, Central America and South America, eliminating a government source of aeronautical information for those areas.